Galaxy Tab S2 8"/10" specs leak pegs them as the thinnest tablets, with 5.4mm metal frame

More excellent tablets with Super AMOLED displays are coming our way from Samsung, it seems, and these are united under the Tab S 2 title scheme. This means that we will be seeing the second generation of the Tab S line announced, and now more details about the thin and powerful slates with unique display technology have leaked out.

Dubbed Tab S 2 8.0/9.7, the tablets popped up earlier in the week with the revelation they will be thinner even than the iPad Air 2, but now we are getting the full specs sheet, thanks to some "trusted insiders". The two new Samsung tablets will apparently move to a 4:3 aspect ration, with 2048×1536 pixels of resolution, instead of the 2560×1600 dots on the current crop. No biggie, as there's still plenty of pixel density to go around, plus this format is more comfortable for reading and other typical slate activities.

The other important change will be in the chipset that will push all those pixels. The tablets are apparently being tested with Exynos 5433 processor, but might switch to Samsung's newest Exynos 7420, because of its 64-bit architecture, Lollipop, and the alleged TouchWiz 64-bit rewrite. To this, Samsung will add its own LTE modem, a Cat.6 one, which means speeds up to 300 Mbps will eventually be supported. the smaller model will sport 3,580 mAh battery, while the 10-incher will allegedly be equipped with a 5,870 mAh, though these capacities aren't set in stone yet either. Both will appear with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage out of the box, and will have 8 MP rear shooters.

Now, for the cherry on the top, here are the exact dimensions of the two slates, compared with both the iPad Air 2, and the iPad mini 3:

Notice something? Yep, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 8.0/9.7 will be the thinnest tablets that ever existed when announced, at the breathtaking 5.4mm, and will sport metal frames at that, if the rumors pan out. This specs/chassis combination will right all wrongs with the first edition, and given the unique for Samsung AMOLED tablet panel tech, should give every slate out there a run for their money.

source: SamMobile (1),(2)



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is impressive but please keep it at 16:9/16:10 and not 4:3. The super amoled display will not be taken advantage of when watching movies

7. android_hitman unregistered

lolz, can you please tell me what are you smoking?

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Let me ask you this, would you rather watch on an ipad air 2 or galaxy tab s 10.5?

51. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I'd rather watch on a proper big screen. Honestly, if you're already watching video on a tablet, losing an additional inch because of the aspect ratio does not seem like a big deal to me. 4:3 is optimal for everything else.

8. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

4:3 is a great format for tablets

13. android_hitman unregistered

everyone is different, I don't like 4:3 formats

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Only for books, not watching movies. I don't like black bars on my display when playing movies

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO 3:2 is a better medium 4:3 is too narrow in landscape, bad for media and games 16:9/16:10 is tall in portrait, some people find this annoy/uncomfortable But I'm more disappointed it has the Exynos 5433 or Exynos 7420 Tablets should have tablet GPUs E.g. the Nvidia X1 or Exynos 7425 with the T760-MP16 Like how the iPad Air 2 has a A8X, which is the A8 overclocked, with double the GPU clusters and double the bandwidth

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Look like Samsung is using the spare manufacturing capacity for some market experiment. If the sales goes better than 16:9, Samsung will start making many more 4:3 tablet. Samsung is very jealous of Apple which has many devoted fans. Apple can sell the same $900 phone to fan over and over with more demand than stock. LOL! Poor Samsung! I think have to work on their unpacking, copy this ->

29. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

3580mAh in a tablet...

40. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

For anything else 4:3 is better, ex: browsing, reading, apps.

2. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

gieb !

3. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Those dimensions certainly highlight a 4:3 screen. Are they trying to copy apple in the tablet department also.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No they are going with the new Google spec, it as nothing to do with copying Apple, Google changed it on the nexus 9 and I have to say it's a good move, they done it to make it easy for Devs to transfer they crap over from ipad

4. rkoforever90

Posts: 487; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

ive tab s , i wonder if samsung ever has plans to update it to lolipop in near future

5. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Obviously samsung is following Apple a lot..

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No. They are simply competing harder.

33. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

They are competing with everybody. What were they suppose to do, not improve their product? This is a nice update. Slimmer profile with a metal frame. Can't wait to play with one in the store.

41. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

You need to get out more. Out of your Apple Reality Distortion Field. It is Google's initiative started with the Nexus 9. Is Apple owning 4:3 screen ratio, too? Why are people acting like retards.. I will never know. How about all those 1080p TVs? Who started first? Is everyone else "copying?"

6. Hitchcock

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Please don't do 4:3. That is why I gave up on iPads!

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Ridiculous.. I don't need the to be this thin, no point in that. What we need is good battery. When will these companies learn??

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

WTF. A phone processor in a tablet. That's why android tablets will never compete with tablets. Apple makes special processors for tablets which makes sense. Either go for Tegra x1 or make a new exynos with a beefier GPU ( mali t760MP16) to one up the excellent A8x inside of air 2

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The A8x is just an A8 with bumped speed. It's the same chip and they simply added a 3rd core. It is still a phone chip. How is it any different? Yeah call out Samsung and not Apple for doing the same. They are running the same software. The resolutions aren't far from the phone ones. Why make a new chip? Stop trying to think you know how to run a business.

19. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

A8X got a third cyclone core, the cores themselves are different, double the L2 cache, double the GPU units, double the memory interface width and god knows how many other things were changed just to exploit as much power as possible in the iPad formfactor. At 126 square mm it's over 40% bigger than A8. So bassicaly the A8X is a superchip designed from the ground just for the iPad. The A8X also uses a lot more power than A8 that while still suitable in an android phone, Apple got far more stringent targets for TDP than android manufactuers.

44. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

What about iPad Air? It borrowed same A7 that's used in iPhone 5S. You know, 4" screen with 16:9 ratio. iPad Air = A s**tty tablet, Apple = technically impotent but excellent thief and a liar?

23. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Apple A8X has twice the GPU of A8...

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well there goes your credibility.

36. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

He never had any. He throws his opinions around like they are facts because facts and his arguments are never even in the same neighborhood.

22. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

With Mali T760MP16 you'll have near-Tegra X1 performance and 7W GPU TDP.

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

Exactly, and with 14 nm, you can down that 7W to under 5W.

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